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COSAM alumnus leads Juno spacecraft research

Published: 07/20/2016

By: Lindsay Miles Penny

COSAM physics alumnus Phil Valek (B.S. '97, Ph.D. '01) is the lead investigator for the Juno spacecraft JADE instrument, which is a set of sensors charged with detecting the electrons and ions that produce Jupiter’s auroras.

"We're trying to understand what's the same and what's different between the auroras at Earth and Jupiter so we can understand the processes that create them in detail for the first time," said Valek. "We'll be really successful when we can tell the world how it really works, what particles are involved and why."

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